Fishing in March is always pretty tough. With my amazing canine companion Brody on hiatus from finding fish, this March has been particularly so. However, I am muddling through.
Thankfully, longer days and rising water temperatures are turning the odds in my favor. Trout have been the most cooperative species. They are hanging around in shallow water areas and feeding aggressively on baitfish. Casting a Z-Man StreakZ 3.75 on a 3/16-ounce Finesse Jig to marsh points has been producing good numbers of trout along with the occasional flounder.
Now that the water temperature is consistently in the 60-degree range, a faster more aggressive retrieve cadence seems to get more strikes.
On Saint Patrick’s Day, trout and flounder were eating lures like I eat corned beef and cabbage. Voraciously! After releasing several of each species, I needed a redfish to complete the inshore slam. But redfish were like leprechaun gold – impossible to find.
As evening (and dinner time) approached, the call of corned beef was strong. Soon, I found myself thinking the inshore slam was irrelevant. Why do you even want to catch a trout, flounder and redfish? Corned beef, cabbage and potatoes are clearly more important.
Just as I was about to give up on the inshore slam, a school of redfish began crashing baitfish just ahead of the boat. I cast the StreakZ 3.75 into the melee. Boom, redfish on. The fight was a good one. It took a few minutes to bring the fish to the boat. While releasing the redfish, the late afternoon sun reflected off its scales.
Turns out, I found leprechaun gold after all.
Upon returning home, Brody met me on the dock. Excitedly, I told him about completing the inshore slam and finding leprechaun gold. To my surprise, he asked to go fishing the next day. Brody is back!
Perhaps there really is something to the luck of the Irish. At least for anglers who fish on St. Patrick’s Day.